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The Vinyl Exam
Conversations about your favorite vinyl LPs and 45s
Category: Music
Location: San Francisco/LA
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October 30, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

Three seasons of The Vinyl Exam are in the books! Keith and Sama sit down to catch up, reflect on Season Three, talk music and hint at what's in store for Season Four.

(Photo: Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin)

October 16, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

In the second of his two-part conversation with Sama, DJ Platurn discusses the Oakland Faders, his Icelandic records from his father's collection and much more.

October 02, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

In Part one of a two-part conversation, Sama sits down with DJ Platurn to discuss his Icelandic roots, the 45 sessions, the state of San Francisco, and much more.

September 18, 2017 07:02 AM PDT

Ricky Regretti is a member of the San Diego-based music collective known as Drumetrics, as well as a record collector, music junkie and basketball fan. This episode, Keith talks to Ricky about records, recording music, his favorite type of library music, the NBA and a lot more.

September 13, 2017 02:54 PM PDT

Chicago-based musician/producer Maam Sir Jim Jom supplies The Vinyl Exam with an exclusive dub mix.

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August 21, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

This episode, Keith revisits the Eclectic Mixtape - this time around he discusses a heavy metal track which the band who wrote it never wants to play live, a breakbeat track that eluded him a few times, an alternative rock / dance hybrid that blew a band up in popularity two years after its release, and a breakbeat monster lurking at the end of a prog/soul album.

August 07, 2017 02:00 AM PDT

In recent years, the Wu Tang Clan have released two albums: the ubiquitous A Better Tomorrow and the unheard Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. A Recent Book, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin – the Untold story of Wu Tang Clan’s Million Dollar Secret Album, the Devaluation of music and America’s new public enemy Number One by Cyrus Bozorgmehr tells the story of the latter record from creation to sale. The book is one of my favorites and a worthwhile purchase, and in thinking about the record again it brought to mind some recent articles and ideas that interest me quite a bit, some of them even touching on the 'why vinyl?' question Sama and I repeatedly return to on the podcast.

July 24, 2017 04:00 AM PDT

This episode, Sama sits down with songwriter Adam Dietz to discuss his new record "Where the Muscle Cars Roam" and a host of other topics, including philosophy, songwriting, San Francisco, social work and of course records.

July 10, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

Six years ago, Keith was asked (and happily accepted) to put together a mix of blaxploitation-vibe songs made in the 21st century, as Volume 3 of a mix series on Paris DJs.

This is that mix, released six years ago to coincide with Big Pimp Jones' second freestyle album 'Jimmy Ruckus and the Five Fingers of Death'. Keith took a liberty or two and grabbed a song or two from the 90s but in general stayed true to the promise. The mix was specifically done with songs that were readily available at the time and shouldn't be that hard or expensive to track down today. Hope you enjoy!

June 26, 2017 03:00 AM PDT

Inspired by Sama's harmonica series, Keith begins a series of his own focusing on music from New Orleans (of varying levels of obscurity). First up, Keith takes a look at the discography of drummer Stanton Moore, a founding member of the funk band Galactic who has become a prolific recording artist, New Orleans ambassdor and respected drummer.

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